Nessa's News: Recapping A-Sun Tourney

Vanessa Medina puts the finishing touches on the 2011 Lady Bisons softball season. In the final edition of Nessa's News, Medina talks about the team's experience at the 2011 A-Sun Tournament that was held in Spartanburg, S.C. last week.

Softball falls to JU 7-1; finishes runner-up in Atlantic Sun

Jacksonville stymied Lipscomb's bats Saturday as the Dolphins prevailed 7-1 in the Atlantic Sun Softball Championship at Cyrill Stadium. Lipscomb had three hits in the contest.

IN PROGRESS: #1 Jacksonville vs. #2 Lipscomb

It's Championship Saturday at Cyrill Stadium in Spartanburg, S.C. The Lady Bisons look to come out of the consolation bracket and defeat Jacksonville twice to win the A-Sun title and earn the auto-bid to the NCAA Tournament. First pitch is at 11 a.m.

Offense catches fire; Softball advances to championship

The Lipscomb bats caught fire Friday evening in the consolation bracket as the No. 2 seed Lady Bisons defeated No. 4 seed Campbell 7-2 in the Atlantic Sun Championship at Cyrill Stadium. Lipscomb plays Jacksonville Saturday at 11 a.m.

IN PROGRESS: #2 Lipscomb vs. #4 Campbell

After dropping a contest earlier in the day to Jacksonville, the Lady Bisons look to rebound for a win against Campbell in the consolation bracket. First pitch is set for 4:30 p.m. central time.

Softball falls 3-1; continues play in consolation bracket

The No. 2 seed Lady Bisons fell 3-1 to No. 1 seed Jacksonville in Friday's semifinals of the A-Sun Conference tournament. Lipscomb will play Friday at 4:30 p.m. central time in the consolation bracket.

IN PROGRESS: #2 Lipscomb vs. #1 Jacksonville

The No. 2 seed Lady Bisons face off with No. 1 seed Jacksonville in the Atlantic Sun Conference semifinals Friday. First pitch is set for 11:30 a.m.

Billington's big hit lifts Lady Bisons in pitcher's dual

Shortstop Courtney Billington drilled a double into left-center in the bottom of the sixth plating catcher Mollie Mitchell giving Lipscomb the only run they would need to defeat USC Upstate 1-0 Thursday afternoon in the Atlantic Sun Championship

A-Sun Insider feature on Whitney Kiihnl

Two power pitchers that accumulated 48 wins, 670 strikeout and 21 shutouts coming into Thursday's showdown graced the circle at Cyrill Stadium in the third game on Thursday in the 2011 Atlantic Sun Softball Championship.

IN PROGRESS: No. 2 Lipscomb vs. No. 3 USC Upstate

SOFTBALL IN PROGRESS: No. 2 Lipscomb opens the 2011 Atlantic Sun Tournament against No. 3 USC Upstate. First pitch is set for about 2:05 p.m. Watch online for free on ASun.TV or follow live stats.

Softball opens postseason against USC Upstate

A second consecutive trip to the NCAA tournament is on the line when the No. 2 seed Lipscomb Lady Bisons open the 2011 Atlantic Sun Championship Thursday at 2 p.m. central against host and No. 3-seeded USC Upstate Spartans.

Four Lady Bisons earn All-Conference Honors

The Atlantic Sun Conference announced the 2011 All-Conference selections for softball on Tuesday and four Lady Bisons garnered awards. Junior Caroline Mason earned a spot on the First Team, while juniors Whitney Kiihnl and Courtney Billington made the Second Team. Catcher Haley Elliott was named to the All-Freshman Team.

Softball makes final preparations for A-Sun Championship

The Lady Bisons softball team held their final practice at Draper Diamond Monday prior to the Atlantic Sun Championship hosted by USC Upstate in Spartanburg, S.C.. Lipscomb opens Thursday at 2 p.m. central time against either No. 3 USC Upstate or No. 6 Kennesaw State.

Softball receives No. 2 seed at A-Sun Championship

The Lady Bisons softball team will be the No. 2 seed in next week's Atlantic Sun Championship hosted by USC Upstate in Spartanburg, S.C. Lipscomb will play its first game Thursday at 2 p.m. CT against either Kennesaw State or USC Upstate.

Lady Bisons split twinbill with Belmont

The Lady Bisons wrapped up the Atlantic Sun Conference regular season on Saturday, splitting a double-header against Belmont in front of a season-high crowd at Draper Diamond. Lipscomb won 6-0 in game one before falling 1-0 in the nightcap.

Softball hosts Belmont in Saturday double-header

Lipscomb will ride a five-game winning streak into this weekend's rivalry matchup with Belmont on Saturday at Draper Diamond. The double-header will begin at 6 p.m. central. Both games will be televised on A-Sun TV.

Softball game against Tennessee Tech postponed

Wednesday's softball double-header against Tennessee Tech has been postponed and next week's games against Tennessee State have been canceled. A make up date for the Tennessee Tech games will be announced in the coming days.

Nessa's News: Easter break, recapping Mercer and Kennesaw

Vanessa Medina recaps last weekend's events as the Lady Bisons swept Kennesaw State and Mercer in a pair of double-headers at Draper Diamond. Check out Medina's latest blog in this week's edition of Nessa's News.

Kiihnl, Billington Lead Lipscomb to Weekly Award Sweep

Whitney Kiihnl and Courtney Billington secured the Atlantic Sun Player of the Week awards with sweeps against Kennesaw State and Mercer this week. Kiihnl picked up two wins and a save against the Owls and Bears, while Billington posted two game-winning hits for Lipscomb.

Lady Bisons take double-header with Mercer

The Lipscomb Softball team clinched at least the No. 2 seed of the A-Sun Tournament next month with a pair of 1-0 wins over Mercer at Draper Diamond on Friday. With two conference games left, the Lady Bisons are a game out of first place.

Lady Bisons sweep twinbill with Kennesaw State

Whitney Kiihnl and Ali Watson tossed a combined 14 shutout innings and Vanessa Medina and Courtney Billington homered as Lipscomb took both games of a pivotal double-header against Kennesaw State at Draper Diamond Thursday.

Softball looks to bounce back against KSU, Mercer

With six Atlantic Sun games remaining in the regular season, the Lady Bisons have found themselves in an unfamiliar territory--second place. Lipscomb hosts Kennesaw State Thursday at 5 p.m. and Mercer Friday at 4 p.m.

Nessa's News: Recapping Florida trip

In the latest Nessa's News, the junior first baseman recaps the Lady Bisons trip to Florida. Medina talks about the team's latest experiences at restaurants, the beach and running into former Lipscomb players in the sunshine state.

Lady Bisons split DH at Stetson

The Lipscomb softball team earned a 4-1 win over Stetson in the nightcap to split the doubleheader against Stetson at Patricia Wilson Field in DeLand, Fla., Saturday.

FGCU takes two from Lipscomb in road twinbill

The Lipscomb softball team gave up four runs in the first-inning of both games in Thursday's doubleheader against Florida Gulf Coast and it proved to be costly as the Lady Bisons dropped both games to the Eagles in Ft. Myers.

Lady Bisons travel to FGCU, Stetson

Winners of four straight, the Atlantic Sun-leading Lipscomb softball team will look to extend its winning streak Thursday as they travel to Fort Myers, Fla., for a 4 p.m. CT afternoon doubleheader against FGCU. The Lady Bisons will remain in the Sunshine State to face Stetson on Saturday at 1 p.m. CT in DeLand, Fla.

Nessa's News: Think Pink and Frozen Yogurt

The Lady Bisons not only were playing for first-place in the A-Sun standings last week, but a trip to Sweet CiCi's frozen yogurt was on the line as well. Find out in the latest edition of "Nessa's News"

Lady Bisons soar past Ospreys, sweep doubleheader

The Lady Bisons continued its winning ways on Saturday, sweeping North Florida in Atlantic Sun Conference double-header action at Draper Diamond. Lipscomb defeated the Ospreys 8-0 in five innings in game two after taking game one 7-0.

Softball sweeps Jacksonville, takes over first-place

The Lady Bisons posted a pair of 4-0 wins to sweep previously undefeated and first-place Jacksonville at Draper Diamond on Friday. With the win, Lipscomb takes sole possession of first place in the A-Sun.

Lady Bisons hosts JU, UNF in pivotal weekend series

The Lady Bisons will look to shake off a three-game losing streak this weekend as they host Jacksonville in a double-header on Friday night beginning at 4 p.m., and North Florida on Saturday starting at 1 p.m.

Lady Bisons drop both games of twinbill at MTSU

The Lipscomb softball team dropped a pair of close games to Middle Tennessee State at Blue Raider field on Wednesday. The Lady Bisons look to regroup quickly as they host Jacksonville on Friday and North Florida on Saturday at Draper Diamond.

Softball game vs. MTSU moved to Wednesday

The Lady Bisons softball doubleheader that was scheduled for Tuesday against Middle Tennessee has been moved to Wednesday due to unplayable field conditions at Blue Raider Field in Murfreesboro, Tenn. The first game of Wednesday's doubleheader will be at 4 p.m., with the second to follow.

Tennessean: Lipscomb's softball ace regains confidence

Lipscomb split a softball doubleheader with Campbell on Friday night, ending an eight-game winning streak, but the Bisons were happy to see a more confident ace pitcher by the end of the night.

Lady Bisons looking for timely hits

The Lady Bisons will make the short trip to Murfreesboro Tuesday to face Middle Tennessee State in a doubleheader beginning at 5. Bree Thurman, Caroline Mason and Mollie Mitchell are leading the Lady Bisons in most offensive categories.

Lady Bisons split doubleheader with Campbell

The Lipscomb Lady Bisons split an Atlantic Sun doubleheader with Campbell, winning 8-1 in game one and losing 5-3 in the nightcap Friday night at Draper Diamond.

Lady Bisons are 54th in RPI

The Lipscomb Lady Bisons, winners of seven games in a row including three doubleheader sweeps, are ranked 54th in this week's NCAA RPI rating. Pitcher Whitney Kiihnl is ranked in the top 15 nationally in several areas.

Lady Bisons sweep doubleheader against WKU

The Lipscomb Lady Bisons played against Western Kentucky and the weather and won all the way around Tuesday night. They won game one 3-2 in eight innings and game two 9-5 at Draper Diamond.

Kiihnl, Mason win A-Sun weekly awards

The Lady Bisons swept their first two conference doubleheaders and right fielder Caroline Mason and pitcher Whitney Kiihnl swept the weekly A-Sun awards.

Nothing better than two doubleheader sweeps

In her seventh blog of the season Vanessa Medina and her teammates are still enjoying doubleheader sweeps of ETSU and USC Upstate on the road this past weekend to start the A-Sun portion of the season.

Lady Bisons sweep USC Upstate to go 4-0 in A-Sun

The Lady Bisons opened A-Sun play on the road and brought home four wins with doubleheader sweeps at ETSU and USC Upstate. The Lady Bisons swept USC Upstate 7-3 and 11-6.

Thurman's consistency as a player is a key for Lady Bisons

Consistency and competitiveness are two traits that have carried sophomore Bree Thurman into a starting spot in center field and a starring role for the Lady Bisons this season.

Softball doubleheader vs. USC Upstate moved to Sunday

Due to rainfall in the Spartanburg, S.C. area, the Lady Bisons softball doubleheader against USC Upstate that was scheduled for Saturday has been moved to Sunday afternoon. The first game of the doubleheader will start at 3 p.m. CT.

Lady Bisons slam ETSU in conference opener twinbill

The Lipscomb softball team displayed its offensive power on Friday and got two quality outings from Whitney Kiihnl and JJ Nelson as the Lady Bisons swept ETSU in the conference opener doubleheader in Johnson City.

Lady Bisons ready to be tested in A-Sun games

The Lady Bisons are picked to repeat as both the regular season and tournament championships. But as they open the A-Sun part of the season Friday at ETSU and Saturday at USC-Upstate coach Kristin Ryman doesn't feel like the favorite.

Lady Bisons enjoy Myrtle Beach days

In this week's blog Vanessa Medina talks about how the Lady Bisons mixed fun in the sun at Myrtle Beach with some softball at the Chanticleer Challenge hosted by Coastal Carolina.

Lady Bisons beat Coastal Carolina 6-4

The Lady Bisons closed out the Chanticleer Challenge with a 6-4 win over host Coastal Carolina Sunday afternoon in Conway, S.C. Bree Thurman led the Lady Bisons in hitting with four hits including her third home run of the season.

Lady Bisons split games at Chanticleer Challenge

The Lady Bisons are 1-3 in the Chanticleer Challenge hosted by Coastal Carolina after beating Providence 8-2 and losing to Georgia Tech 4-3.The Lady Bisons close out the tournament Sunday against Coastal Carolina.

Lady Bisons edged by Kansas at Chanticleer Classic

Whitney Kiihnl struck out 14 Jayhawk batters in a complete game performance but it wasn't enough as Lipscomb's run in the fourth inning was all they got as Kansas slipped past the Lady Bisons, 2-1 Friday at the Chanticleer Classic in Conway, S.C.

Lady Bisons facing tough field in Chanticleer Challenge

The Chanticleer Classic, hosted by Coastal Carolina, is aptly named. In addition to the hosts the Lady Bisons will face Georgia Tech twice, Kansas and Providence. This is the last series of games before the A-Sun portion of the schedule begins.

Lady Bisons blast four home runs in doubleheader sweep

Courtney Billington drove in six runs on two home runs, including a grand slam in the seventh, as the Lipscomb Lady Bisons swept Western Carolina in a doubleheader by a score of 11-2. The Lady Bisons won the first game 1-0.

Lady Bisons open busy spring break with Western Carolina

The Lady Bisons stopped Wednesday at Western Carolina for a doubleheader at 2. The Lady Bisons are on their way to Conway, S.C., for the Chanticleer Classic hosted by Coastal Carolina.

Softball doubleheader with Austin Peay postponed

Due to the large amounts of rainfall and wet field conditions, the Lady Bisons doubleheader against Austin Peay Thursday has been postponed. The games will be made up at a later date.

Softball doubleheader at UAB rained out

Due to heavy rain in the Birmingham area, the Lipscomb softball team's doubleheader against UAB has been postponed to a later date. The games will be rescheduled at a later date.

Nessa's News: A rapping good time

The Lady Bisons were winning and rapping this week as they beat Butler and Appalachian State in a rain-shortened Lady Bisons Classic at Draper Diamond.

Softball team goes 2-0 at Lady Bison Classic

The Lipscomb softball team weathered mother nature this weekend by defeating Appalachian State, 3-0 on Sunday to go 2-0 at a rain-shortened Lady Bison Classic this weekend.

Rain forces baseball, softball, tennis changes

Due to rain in the Nashville area, schedule changes have been announced for baseball, softball, and tennis. Baseball will play a doubleheader against Purdue Sunday at noon while softball will play a single game at 2:30 p.m.

Kiihnl strikes out 14 in 2-0 win over Butler

The Lady Bisons won 2-0 Friday afternoon over Butler in the opening game of the Lady Bison Classic. Coach Kristin Ryman knows she should be happy with the win, but she was struggling with the fact that her team had only had two hits.

Weather could be an obstacle for Lady Bisons' Classic

The Lady Bisons' Classic features a strong field with Eastern Illinois, Butler and Appalachian State, but the weather might be the ultimate winner. The Lady Bisons open the tourney at noon Friday against Butler.

Lady Bisons are tired of losing

In her third blog of the season Vanessa Medina talks about the Magic City Classic in Birmingham, Ala., and how much the Lady Bisons want to consistently get back on the winning track.

Kiihnl named A-Sun Pitcher of the Week

Lady Bisons pitcher Whitney Kiihnl earned her seventh career Atlantic Sun Pitcher of the Week award for striking out 17 of 19 hitters in a 10-0 win over Samford Friday.

Lady Bisons fall to St. Louis in "Magic City Classic"

The Lipscomb Lady Bisons closed out the “Magic City Classic” hosted by UAB with a 3-1 loss to St. Louis Sunday afternoon. Breanna Thurman drove in the Lady Bisons' lone run.

Lady Bisons split games in "Magic City Classic"

Whitney Kiihnl raised her record to 5-4 and Haley Elliott hit her second home run in as many games as the Lady Bisons beat Radford 3-1 Saturday. They will play Indiana State later Saturday night.

Kiihnl strikes out 17 in 10-0 win over Samford

Whitney Kiihnl struck out 17 of the 19 batters she faced and barely missed a perfect game due to an error in a 10-0 win Friday night over Samford in the UAB Tournament in Birmingham.

Lady Bisons playing in UAB tourney

The Lady Bisons, 3-6, will be out to continue to improve in their third tournament of the season. This time around they are in Birmingham, Ala., for a tournament hosted by UAB.

Lady Bisons have a long night's journey into day

The Lady Bisons split their games 2-2 in the Panther Invitational in Atlanta, but found getting home to be one of their biggest challenges as their bus had mechanical problems in Kennesaw. Vanessa Medina's second blog of the season talks about the Atlanta weekend that extended into early Monday morning.

Mitchell drives in three in 4-2 win over Georgia St.

The Lady Bisons closed out the Panther Invitational in Atlanta Sunday with a 4-2 win over host Georgia State. Earlier in the day the Lady Bisons lost 1-0 to Memphis at Bob Heck Field.

Lady Bisons shut down Georgia State 4-0

Whitney Kiihnl struck out a season- high 12 batters as the Lady Bisons beat host Georgia State 4-0 in the Panther Invitational Saturday morning in Atlanta. The Lady Bisons split a pair of games on the day.

Lady Bisons want to improve at the plate

The Lady Bisons will be putting an emphasis on being more effective at the plate Saturday and Sunday in the Panther Invitational hosted by Georgia State in Atlanta. The Lady Bisons open with a game with Appalachian State at 9 a.m. Saturday.

Lady Bisons aren't going to let first weekend get them down

Red-shirt sophomore Vanessa Medina is publishing her first blog for the 2011 softball season. She plans to write at least one blog a week detailing for Lady Bisons' fans what the team is doing.

Lady Bisons lose to nationally-ranked Georgia

The Lipscomb Lady Bisons led 2-0 against the No.3-ranked Georgia Lady Bulldogs, but fell 7-4 Sunday afternoon in the Red & Black Showcase in Athens, Ga. The Lady Bisons ended the tournament with a 1-4 record.

Lady Bisons lose two games in Red & Black Showcase

The Lady Bisons lost 2-0 to Illinois State and then closed out Saturday with a 4-3 loss to Maryland in the second day of the Red & Black Showcase at the University of Georgia in Athens. They face the host Georgia team Sunday at 2.

Lady Bisons beat Iowa 5-4 for first day tourney split

It was “Breakfast in Athens” for the Lady Bisons as they opened the 2011 season Friday at the Red & Black Showcase at the University of Georgia. The Lady Bisons split the first day of the tourney losing 1-0 to ECU and beating Iowa 5-4.

Lady Bisons open 2011 softball season in Georgia

The Lady Bisons open the season Friday morning at the Red & Black Showcase at the University of Georgia in Athens. The Lady Bisons will have a different look this season in many ways but several top players, including pitcher Whitney Kiihnl, return.

Lady Bisons picked to repeat as A-Sun Champions

The Lady Bisons are the preseason favorite to win the A-Sun title for a second year in a row. Pitcher Whitney Kiihnl was named Pitcher of the Year and Molly Mitchell and Courtney Billington were unanimous first team selections.

Kiihnl named to ASA Player of the Year "Watch List"

Lady Bisons pitcher Whitney Kiihnl is one of 12 juniors on the Amateur Softball Association of America "Watch List" for the National Collegiate Player of the Year Award.

Lady Bisons receive votes in two preseason softball polls

The Lady Bisons have received eight votes in the USA Today/NFCA Top 25 Poll from the National Fastpitch Coaches Association and seven in the Softball Collegiate Top 25 Poll.

Lady Bisons softball will have a different look in 2011

Coach Kristin Ryman and her Lady Bisons softball players are not going to be reliving the glory days of last season. It's time to move forward in 2011 and reach new goals.

Lady Bisons change hitting camp dates

Lipscomb Lady Bisons' softball coach Kristin Ryman has announced a change in the dates for an indoor hitting camp, Due to construction work inside McQuiddy Gym the camp, originally scheduled for Jan. 8 has been moved to Jan. 15.

Lady Bisons open 2011 season at Georgia Tournament

The Lady Bisons will be counting on pitcher Whitney Kiihnl to lead them through a tough 2011 schedule and repeat trip to the NCAA Tournament.

Lady Bisons sign four players for 2011-12

Lipscomb head softball coach Kristin Ryman and assistant Lexi Myers have signed four players for the 2011-2012 class. Two are infielders, one will probably move to the outfield and one is a left-handed pitcher.

Lady Bisons have mixed results against Trevecca

The Lady Bisons split a doubleheader with Trevecca to close out the fall schedule Wednesday night. Coach Kristin Ryman saw some things she liked and some things she didn't like with only a few days of practice remaining.

Ryman is counting on freshmen to make big spring impacts

Lipscomb Lady Bisons softball coach Kristin Ryman isn't ready to put the “magnificent” tag on them yet, but she liked what she saw from her seven freshmen players in four games at the University of Tennessee over the weekend.

Kiihnl throws one-hitter in 1-0 shutout of Lady Vols

It may be October, but Whitney Kiihnl was in midseason form as she threw a 1-0 one-hitter against the Tennessee Lady Vols Sunday afternoon in Knoxville.

Freshmen impress Ryman in fall softball debut

Fall softball is about evaluating players more so than wins. For coach Kristin Ryman the evaluation period is even more important as she works seven freshmen into the program and tries to fill four spots on the field.

Ryman anxious to see new players in action in fall games

Coach Kristin Ryman will get a first look at her new version of the Lady Bisons softball team which will feature new faces at four positions. Saturday at 2 p.m. at Draper Diamond the Lady Bisons will play a doubleheader against MTSU. At 11 a.m. there will be an alumni game.

Lady Bisons help build Habitat homes

Ten Lipscomb softball players and 11 members of the basketball team reserved a Sunday to work building Habitat for Humanity houses. They were divided into groups and worked with landscaping, painting and shed construction.

Where are they now? with Jennifer Cannon Wheeler

Jennifer Cannon Wheeler played softball at Lipscomb during the transition period from NAIA to NCAA Division I. She had the opportunity to compete in Atlantic Sun Conference games and played first base for the first Lady Bisons team to play in the A-Sun Tournament in 2005.

Lady Bisons find infield help with two signees

Lipscomb Lady Bisons softball coach Kristin Ryman has closed out her recruiting for the 2010-2011 class with the signings of infielder Bridgette Begle and catcher-infielder Rena Cothron. Both are being counted on to provide immediate help in the infield this season.

Softball wins DI-AAA ADA award for postseason play

The Lipscomb Lady Bisons softball team is one of four teams from the Atlantic Sun Conference honored by the Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association with an All-Sports trophy for its performance in NCAA postseason play.

Softball builds on foundation of postseason recognition

The Lady Bisons softball team has been rated in the top 40 in the country in the final polls. Coach Kristin Ryman is pleased with the recognition, but stresses that the program can do even more.